Mind Games – If a loved one threatens violence 


  • Don’t think you can handle it alone. Contact a mental health organization, such as NAMI, and call a friend or neighbor to help.
  • Don’t leave the person alone.
  • List all peculiar behavior and behavior patterns: times, dates, length of pattern.
  • List questions, suspicions, and fears to ask professionals.
  • If the person refuses to see a professional, call or go yourself to get help and advice.
  • Tell the authorities about any weapons (especially guns and knives) the person could use, especially if threatening to kill.

Susan J. Shelley

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